The Greater Chicago Food Depository’s Producemobile made its monthly trip to Evanston on June 10. Volunteers distributed fresh fruits and vegetables on a first-come, first-served basis between 9:30 and 11:30 a.m. every second Tuesday of the month from the parking lot at Robert Crown Center, 1701 Main St.
Since December 2012, the Evanston Producemobile has distributed more than100,000 pounds of food to 3,000 households. This represents more than 1,200 people, many of whom live in areas where produce is costly or difficult to obtain. The Food Depository targeted Evanston as a high-need area, as nearly 14% of the City’s population is food-insecure, meaning that they do not know where their next meal is coming from.
The monthly produce distribution is co-sponsored by Interfaith Action of Evanston and the City of Evanston. The program’s success is dependent on maintaining a team of active volunteers. About 35 volunteers will be needed each month to unload, bag and distribute the produce at Robert Crown Center. Anyone interested in volunteering can sign up by visiting www.interfaithactionofevanston.org.